My Librarian: Scott Phillips
A carbon-based biped with a high tolerance for exercise. BA earned at the University of Massachusetts, MLS from Simmons College. Served in the military six years, in the armored cavalry. Not many transferable skills there, but the camaraderie of being on a tank crew has earned me lifelong friends. I enjoy reading history (ancient to modern); biography; science fiction (hard, please, though I do enjoy William Gibson); and, as the bulk of my career has been in Young Adult services, teen novels. I like to cook, so a new cookbook really makes my day; I enjoy a good airshow, every sandwich, and every laugh.
I miss Douglas Adams, Anthony Burgess, and Hunter S. Thompson. I look forward to finding you a book to read, no matter the format.
Block was born in Los Angeles, sometimes known as "Shangri-L.A.," other times "Hell-A," depending on how the day is going. The daughter of a poet and painter, she attended the University of California at Berkeley. Francesca was a riot grrrl before the term was coined. She read the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez while at college; his magical realism became a major influence. Block's work is grounded in urban realities, though she sees pixies and genies in that "jasmine-scented, jacaranda-purple, neon sparked city." She missed Los Angeles and wrote her first novel to cure homesickness. That novel was Weetzie Bat, and it made a big, wet splash in young adult literature.
Louisa May Alcott did not write because she had the need to get the stories out. Louisa May wrote for one reason: she wanted her family to be rich.
It's the time of year when skies turn gray, dead leaves are underfoot, and horror stories feel just right. I've found some corkers for you: things with teeth or bad intentions. There are novels; for those who prefer their horror in small, uh, bites, there are short stories, too. All are written by women. Have fun and pleasant dreams!